I haven’t seen XXX: Return of Xander Cage yet, but I feel like this pic captures its quintessence. Check out more Pics of the Day.
The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced today and I’ve been lucky enough to interview a few of those honored this year. Here are the links:
Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer (for Creative Screenwriting)
La La Land cinematographer Linus Sandgren (for Filmmaker Magazine)
Lion cinematographer Greig Fraser (for Filmmaker Magazine)
Moonlight cinematographer James Laxton (for Filmmaker Magazine)
Canadian artist and musician Matt Ryan Tobin fell into the world of design through necessity. Back in 2003 Tobin’s former band Dead and Divine needed t-shirts to sell at shows but didn’t have the money for them to be professionally designed. So Tobin volunteered to create the merch and soon found himself doing the same for other bands. That ultimately evolved into alternative film posters and commissioned work for outfits like Mondo and Odd City.
Today’s pic features a pair of posters from one of my favorite artists Renato Casaro, who in his long career created movie ads for James Bond, Schwarzenegger and Stallone, and Italian legends Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Sergio Leone.
(Above, top – photo by David Friedman) On the set of Enter the Dragon (1973), cinematographer Gilbert Hubbs frames a handheld shot with the metallic claw of villain Shih Kien in the foreground during the climactic final showdown with Bruce Lee. Lee completed only four starring roles before his death at the age of 32 – with the posthumously released Enter the Dragon being the last.
The behind the scenes pic above comes from a photo spread on the website of American Cinematographer Magazine. You can also buy the 2013 issue of the magazine featuring an Enter the Dragon retrospective on the publication’s website for just $1.
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Check out this interview I did for Filmmaker Magazine with Emmy-nominated Gotham cinematographer Crescenzo Notarile ahead of tonight’s Season 3 premiere on Fox. Notarile talks about Gotham’s signature style, the challenges of hiding lights from the show’s wide-angle lenses, and what he learned from working on Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America.
Here’s Notarile on Once Upon a Time in America cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli.